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In tight fiscal times, National Public Health Week highlights the return on public health investments

March 7, 2013
by Kim Krisberg
Science Blogs

 

In a little less than a month, public health workers and their community partners in Macomb County, Mich., will set up at the local Babies”R”Us store to offer parents a free child car seat check. The Macomb County Health Department has been organizing such car seat checks for years now, knowing that proper child vehicle restraints can truly mean the difference between mild and severe injuries, or between survival and death.

The car seat check is taking place April 4 in observance of the fourth day of this year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) celebration, which officially runs April 1–7 and is organized by theAmerican Public Health Association (APHA). Bill Ridella, director and health officer for the Macomb County Health Department, said the April 4 event was chosen to coincide with that day’s NPHW focus, “Protecting You While You’re on the Move”; however, he noted that it also fits in perfectly with this year’s overall NPHW theme, “Public Health ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.”

 

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